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PORTSMOUTH MP Penny Mordaunt has won an important step in a campaign to help older people.

She has secured a House of Commons debate on whether the government should appoint a Minister for Older People.

It takes place on Thursday, and follows pressure from Grey Pride campaigners, who presented a 137,000-name petition to Parliament last November calling for a minister dedicated to the needs of older people.

Ms Mordaunt, joint chairwoman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ageing and Older People, said: ‘As the proportion of people over retirement age grows, so does pressure on older people’s services. It’s essential that we act now to co-ordinate services and policies affecting older people to ensure that we meet their needs, ambitions and aspirations now and in the future.

‘This can only be achieved through dedicated, accountable leadership at cabinet level.’